Vintage Obsession

Arthur Rackham illustrations to Wagner's THE RING OF THE NIBELUNG, Joe Sacco Palestine, Los Angeles, California. Fujifilm Neopan 1600 35mm BW film.
Los Angeles, Wilshire

Mankind are, in all ages, caught by the same baits: The same tricks, played over and over again, still trepan them. The heights of popularity and patriotism are still the beaten road to power and tyranny; flattery to treachery; standing armies to arbitrary government; and the glory of God to the temporal interest of the clergy.
David Hume, “Of Public Credit,” pt. ii, essay ix in: Essays Moral, Political and Literary (3d ed. 1754) in the Liberty Fund ed., p. 363.

Clothed

3rd Third Street Promenade, Santa Monica, Los Angeles, California. Fujifilm Neopan 1600 BW 35mm Negative film.
Los Angeles, Santa Monica

LEFOU: No beast alive stands a chance against you. —And no girl, for that matter.
GASTON: It’s true, Lefou. And I’ve got my sights set on that one.
LEFOU: The inventor’s daughter?
GASTON: She’s the one – the lucky girl I’m going to marry.
LEFOU: But she’s –
GASTON: The most beautiful girl in town.
LEFOU: I know, but –
GASTON: That makes her the best. And don’t I deserve the best?

Beauty and the Beast (1991) (watch the clip)

Bob and Terry

Grauman's Chinese Theatre, Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue, Los Angeles, California. Fujifilm Neopan 1600 35mm BW film.
Los Angeles, Hollywood

It seems to me that the time for subtlety, in our American life, has passed. Do we look for subtlety in news media nowadays? In pop music? In fashion? In TV, movies? Even in visual art, is subtlety what we seek out and richly reward? Do we seek delicate phraseology in politics or other forms of public life?

We do not.
Lydia Millet

How would have Bob and Terry responded to Disney’s Marvel Cinematic Universe and Star Wars?

Dissent

… A radical Left aided by a cultural elite that detests Christianity and finds Christian moral tenets reactionary and repressive is hell-bent on pushing its amoral values and imposing its ideology on our nation.

The unwisdom of what the Hollywood and the Left are about should be transparent to all.
Pat Buchanan (March 8, 2004)
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